China’s Zhongchuang Chemical test runs 2-butyl acetate unit

24 May 2012 10:07  [Source: ICIS news]

MELBOURNE (ICIS)--China’s Zhongchuang Chemical has started test runs at its new 100,000 tonne/year 2-butyl acetate plant at Yueyang in Hunan province, a company official said on Thursday.

The company may begin commercial operations at the plant by mid-June, depending on the outcome of the test runs, the official said.

The new line will boost the company’s 2-butyl acetate capacity at Yueyang to 160,000 tonnes/year.

The company’s existing 60,000 tonne/year plant at Yueyang was shut on 10 May for repairs. The plant was restarted on around 18 May, the official said.

Zhongchuang plans to shut the smaller plant again in the second half of June for a catalyst change, when commercial operations begin at the new line, the official added.

In addition to the Yueyang site, Zhongchuang operates a 100,000 tonne/year unit at Huizhou in Guangdong province.

Spot prices of 2-butyl acetate declined to yuan (CNY) 6,900-7,000/tonne ($1,090-1,106/tonne) ex-works in eastern China from CNY7,100-7,300/tonne in mid-May, tracking weaker upstream butane and acetic acid prices, according to market sources in the country.  

2-butyl acetate is a solvent used in paints, coatings and lacquers, and as an octane booster in gasoline blending.

($1 = CNY6.33)

By: Trisha Huang

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